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Melbourne nurse’s contribution

A small military hospital in Afghanistan is a long way from one of Australia’s busiest emergency departments. It’s where Australian Army Reserve soldier Captain Gerry McMahon exemplifies the mutually beneficial relationship between the full-time Australian Defence Force and its Reservists. As a full-time nurse in the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Captain McMahon works at the leading edge of his profession. “I enjoy working at St Vincent’s emergency department because of the variety of people I get to help [...]

RAAF Provides Urgent Fuel

The Royal Australian Air Force is providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief to isolated regions of flood-affected Queensland. Personnel from No. 35 Squadron have responded swiftly to deliver personnel and urgent fuel stocks to Mt Isa and western Queensland in C-27J Spartan aircraft.  The first two flights to western Queensland on 9 February were the first flights of the year for the squadron and marked the start of flying operations two days earlier than had been scheduled from their new base at Amberley. Loadmaster [...]

Radji Beach Massacre

On 12 FEB 1942 the Sarawak royal yacht Vyner Brooke left Singapore just before the city fell to the Imperial Japanese Army. The ship carried many injured service personnel and 65 nurses of the Australian Army Nursing Service from the 2/13th Australian General Hospital, as well as civilian men, women and children. The ship was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sank. Two nurses were killed in the bombing; the rest were scattered among the rescue boats to wash up [...]

The Fall of Singapore

15 FEB 1942: World War II and the fall of Singapore. Over 15,000 Australians were taken prisoner after the Japanese had bombed the city and captured Singapore's reservoirs and pumping stations. The bombing, fighting and heavy shelling continued; many of the troops, separated from their units, wandered around aimlessly and the hospitals were crowded and overflowing. Some troops were deserting and others had become separated from their units. Hard fighting continued but on 15 February Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, [...]

OP Coburg During TET

The Australians began an intensive patrol program in AO Columbus and were soon fighting up to platoon-sized Viet Cong units in a series of bunker complexes. Between 25–29 January the Australians conducted reconnaissance-in-force operations and a series of minor patrol clashes followed up to the end of January. On 26 January B Company, 2 RAR/NZ fought a two-hour action against about 25 Viet Cong entrenched in a bunker system. While on the same day 9 Platoon, C Company, 2 [...]

Tet Offensive Kicks Off In RVN

The Tet offensive begins in Vietnam today, in 1968. While the Tet Offensive, named for Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year holiday period over which the attacks occurred, was a military defeat for the Communist forces it proved to be a propaganda victory accelerating the American public's growing opposition to the war and causing United States military planners to question whether victory was possible.The Tet Offensive, launched in early 1968 by the Viet Cong, marked a [...]

Japanese Attack Ambon

Australia's 'Gull Force' along with some 2,600 Netherlands East Indies troops fought in defence of Ambon but were unable to defeat the Japanese invasion of the island. From 6 January onward, Ambon was attacked by Japanese aircraft. Allied aircraft made some sorties against the approaching Japanese fleet, with little success. On 13 January, the two Buffalos, piloted by Lt Broers and Sgt Blans, attacked a flight of 10 Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters. Broers' plane was hit and caught fire, [...]

EX Boss Lift Soon

In the jungles of Malaysia, 19 Australian senior executives from private and public organisations will receive a taste of life in the Army Reserve during Exercise Boss Lift 2019. Exercise Boss Lift is a Department of Defence program designed to show employers the training, skills and experience that the Australian Defence Force Reserve service provides. Employers will witness their employees and other Australian Army Reserve soldiers conduct infantry minor tactics such as patrolling, ambushes and section attacks. Employers will eat ration packs, [...]

EX Red Flag To Test RAAF

Flight Lieutenant Emma Hazelton, Number 6 Squadron Aviation Medical Officer at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag 18-1. The Air Force has deployed more than 370 personnel and eight aircraft to participate in the world’s most complex air warfare training at Exercise RED FLAG Nellis 19-1 in the United States. Air Commander Australia, Air Vice-Marshal Steve Roberton said there were a number of benefits of Australia participating in the exercise. “Royal Australian Air Force will train with the [...]

Paint Perfection’s Reward

Soon after posting into No. 36 Squadron, Corporal Kelvin Green noticed a problem with the C-17A Globemaster’s paint. “I look at every aircraft in detail – I can spot a repair and can tell if paint is not going to last,” he said. Corporal Green noticed paint was delaminating about three months after returning from a full repaint in the United States, instead of lasting five to seven years. When he realised this was causing an increasing workload, Corporal Green wrote a [...]

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